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Фокин А. Р. [Review] // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия I: Богословие. Философия. 2012. Вып. 3 (41). С. 143-146. — Rev. op.: Ayres L. Augustine and the Trinity. N. Y.: Cambridge University Press, 2010. XIV, 360 p.
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Фокин А. Р. Элементы учения об обожении в латинской патристике // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия I: Богословие. Философия. 2012. Вып. 6 (44). С. 7-20.
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This article examines the main elements of the classic Eastern Christian doctrine of divinization as they are found in the Latin Fathers. These include the intimate union of the divinized man with the incarnate God, the divinization of the human nature of Christ, the adoption of man by God in Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit, the ascension of humanity to heaven, as well as the communion of the human person with the divine nature. It would seem that enthusiasm for the idea of divinization drew some western theologians to posit dangerous theories including the pantheistic dissolution of humanity in God as well as the dissolving of the human nature of Christ into his divine nature. Analyzing these theories we can see why Saint Augustine conceived his own juridical theory of divinization based on the concepts of justification and external adoption, which transformed the theory ofdivinization into one of equality with the angelic orders. Because of these developments, the original theory of divinization which at one time was taught by several of the Latin fathers, was unfairly consigned to oblivion.
CHRISTIANITY, THEOLOGY, SOTERIOLOGY, PATROLOGY, SAINT AUGUSTINE, DIVINIZATION, NATURE, INCARNATION
Фокин А. Р. [Review] // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия I: Богословие. Философия. 2013. Вып. 4 (48). С. 153-156. — Rev. op.: Gerber Ch. T. The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology. Contextualizing Augustine’s Pneumatology. Ashgate, 2012
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Фокин А. Р. Премудрость Божия как Ars Dei у блж. Августина: между неоплатонизмом и христианством // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия II: История. История Русской Православной Церкви. 2016. Вып. 5 (72). С. 9-19. DOI: 10.15382/sturII201672.9-19
The article deals with the notion of ars Dei (“art of God”) in philosophical and theological thought of St. Augustine of Hippo. It is argued that ars Dei is not only an intelligent design or knowledge which God had with regard to his creation, but also the divine Wisdom and Word of God, in whom exist the eternal and unchangeable forms and reasons of all things, according to which God not only knows, but also creates everything. It is notified, that the notion of ars Dei reflects the Neo-Platonic notion of the universal Intellect (νοDς) and also has an affi nity with the concept of the universal Logos, or “designing Logos” (τεχνικOς λMγος), as found in the works of Philo and in those of several Greek Fathers of the Church, as well as is a result of a development of the biblical notions of the Wisdom and Word of God, through whom all things were made. In the same time Augustine’s doctrine is truly without peer in contemporary philosophical and Patristic literature.
St. Augustine of Hippo, Neoplatonism, early Christianity, Patristics, trinitarian Theology, Cosmology.

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3. Hadot P. La metaphysique de Porphyre // Entretiens sur l’Antiquite classique. Geneve, 1965. 12. P. 139–140.
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5. Majercik R. Porphyry and Gnosticism // Classical Quarterly. 2005. 55. P. 277–292.
6. Simmons M. B. Arnobius of Sicca: Religious Confl ict and Competition in the Age of Diocletian. Oxford; N. Y., 1995.
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Фокин А. Р. От разумного творения к разумному Творцу: античные и патристические аналоги аргумента от «тонкой настройки» // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия I: Богословие. Философия. 2017. Вып. 73. С. 30-40. DOI: 10.15382/sturI201773.30-40
In this article the author deals with the proofs of the existence of God, based on the fact of the presence of rational beings in the world. These proofs can be found in Greek and Roman Classical philosophy and early Patristics, and can be viewed as an analogue of the modern “fine-tuning argument”. The author considers the origins and development of this argument in the Greek and Roman philosophy: in Socrates, Plato, Cicero, Sextus Empiricus, and especially the Stoics, who gave to the argument a logical form, based on the relationship between “the parts and the whole”: if the world as a whole produces and contains rational beings as its parts, it should also be rational or contain a rational principle that generates all its parts and governs them, just as human soul governs human body. The correction of this argument was proposed by Sextus Empiricus, who introduced the concept of "spermatic logoi", or rational principles, to explain the generation of the rational beings by the world, so that if the world contains the spermatic logoi of rational and living beings, then the world as a whole is also rational. The author also investigates the reception of the argument based on the existence of rational beings in the world in Latin Patristics: in Minucius Felix, Tertullian and especially Lactantius, in whom this argument has reached the climax of its development. At the same time it was shown, that the ancient argument has undergone a transformation from the postulation of the rationality of the world as a whole or its equation with God himself to a genuine proof of the existence of the one God who is the Creator both of the world and human beings, superior to the both as the all-powerful and transcendent Mind.
God, proofs of the existence of God, theology, teleology, ancient philosophy, Platonism, Stoicism, Patristics, fine tuning argument, anthropic principle, rationality
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Fokin Alexey
Academic Degree: Doctor of Sciences* in Philosophy;
Place of work: Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences; Goncharnaya Str. 12/1, Moscow 109240, Russian Federation;
Post: Leading Research Fellow;
ORCID: 0000-0002-2554-005X;
Email: al-fokin@yandex.ru. *According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.
The article is written within the framework of the project № 150300211 "Metaphysics in the intercultural space: history and modernity" supported by RFBR Foundation
Фокин А. Р. «Intellegentia simplicitatis»: доктрина Божественной простоты у Мария Викторина, ее философские источники и богословское значение // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия I: Богословие. Философия. 2018. Вып. 78. С. 28-46. DOI: 10.15382/sturI201878.28-46
In this article the author examines Gaius Marius Victorinus’ contribution to the development of the doctrine of divine simplicity, which occupies the central place in his philosophical and theological doctrine. Although this doctrine was developed by Victorinus in the context of Arian controversy and his apology of the principle of consubstantiality contained in the Nicaean Creed, its origins go back to the Neoplatonic metaphysics, with its opposition between "here" and "there", that is two worlds with their own logics. In connection with this, the doctrine of Plotinus on the simplicity of the One, the Mind and intelligible essences is briefly reviewed. The basic principles of the doctrine of Divine simplicity are the coincidence of substance and existence in God, so that the very substance of God is His being; the inapplicability of the opposition "substance – accidents" to God, in connection with the fact that God is a substance without accidents and that in Him "to have" is identically "to be"; the identity of all Divine attributes with the Divine substance, such as action, movement, will, form, truth, etc., and, as a consequence, the identity of all attributes to each other. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of the attributes of existence, life and thought, on the example of which the principles of unity and distinction of the Divine names and attributes are uncovered, which include synonyms, common and proper acts, potential and actual being, hiddenness and manifestation, as well as the doctrine of the "implication and predominance" of the attributes as an anticipation of the medieval theory of appropriation. In conclusion it is mentioned that Marius Victorinus for the first time in the history of Christianity brought Neoplatonic doctrine of Divine simplicity into Christian theology, applying it to explaining such basic Christian dogmata as God’s existence, substance and attributes, consubstantiality of Divine hypostases, discretion of hypostatic differences. The author also poses a question of the influence of Victorinus’s doctrine on the formation of the subsequent Western Christian theological tradition and its basic differences from the Eastern Christian tradition.
ancient philosophy, metaphysics, substance, accidence, potency, act, Neoplatonism, Christian theology, Patristics, trinitarian doctrine, Marius Victorinus, St Augustine
  1. Ayres L. (2004) Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth Century Trinitarian Theology. New York.
  2. Bolotov V. V. (1994) Lektsii po istorii Drevnei Tserkvi [Lectures on the History of Ancient Church]. Moscow (in Russian).
  3. Bradshaw D. (2004) Aristotle East and West: Metaphysics and the Division of Christendom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Russian translation 2012).
  4. Courcelle P. (1948) Les letters grecques en Occident de Macrobe à Cassiodore. Paris.
  5. Flint Th., Rea M. (eds.) (2009) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Russian translation 2013).
  6. Fokin A. R. (2007) Khristianskii platonizm Mariia Viktorina [Marius Victorinus’ Christian Platonism]. Moscow (in Russian).
  7. Fokin A. R. (2011) “Uchenie ob «umopostigaemoi triade» v neoplatonizme i patristike” [“The Doctrine of the “Intelligible Triad” in Neoplatonism and Patristics”]. Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I: Bogoslovie. Filosofiia, 2011, vol. 37, pp. 7–22; 2011, vol. 38, pp. 7–29 (in Russian).
  8. Fokin A. R. (2016) “Aristotelevskie kategorii v latinskoi trinitarnoi teologii (Marii Viktorin, Avgustin, Boetsii)” [“Aristotle’s Categories in Latin Trinitarian Theology (Marius Victorinus, Augustine, Boethius)”]. Filosofskii zhurnal, 2016, vol. 9, pp. 106–108, 112–113 (in Russian).
  9. Fokin A. R. (2016) “Modusy sushchego i ne sushchego u Mariia Viktorina” [“Marius Victorinus’ Modes of Being and Non-Being”]. Platonovskie issledovaniia, 2016, vol. 4, pp. 148–152 (in Russian).
  10. Fokin A. R. (2017) Formirovanie trinitarnoi doktriny v latinskoi patristike [Formation of Trinitarian Doctrine in Latin Patricistics]. Moscow (in Russian).
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  12. Hadot P. (1968) Porphyre et Victorinus. Paris.
  13. Hadot P. (1971) Marius Victorinus. Recherches sur sa vie et ses oeuvres. Paris.
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  20. Simonetti M. (1975) La crisi ariana nel IV secolo. Rome.
Fokin Alexey
Academic Degree: Doctor of Sciences* in Philosophy;
Place of work: Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences; Goncharnaya Str. 12/1, Moscow 109240, Russian Federation;
Post: Leading Research Fellow;
ORCID: 0000-0002-2554-005X;
Email: al-fokin@yandex.ru. *According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.
Фокин А. А. [Review] // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия I: Богословие. Философия. 2019. Вып. 83. С. 147-151. — Rev. op.: Grigore M., Kührer-Wielach F. Orthodoxa Confessio? Konfessionsbildung, Konfessionalisierung und ihre Folgen in der östlichen Christenheit Europas. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018. 359 s.
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Fokin Alexander
Student status: Graduate student;
Place of study: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University; 6/1 Likhov pereulok, Moscow, 127051, Russian Federation;
ORCID: 0000-0002-5126-6883;
Email: alexanderfokin@bk.ru.
Фокин А. Р. Критика и апология учения о «подобосущии» в латинской патристике IV века: Марий Викторин versus Иларий Пиктавийский // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия I: Богословие. Философия. 2019. Вып. 85. С. 31-51. DOI: 10.15382/sturI201985.31-51
This article studies the doctrine of “homoeousion” (“similarity in substance”) of Father and Son in Latin patristics of the 4th century. It highlights a non-concordant reaction of Western Niceans to this doctrine, which was proposed in 358 by the leader of Homoeusians Basil of Ankyra. The article analyses the conciliatory position taken as to the Homoeousians and their doctrine by St. Hilary of Poitiers in his treatise De synodis. It is shown that St. Hilary introduces the concept of similarity to sililarity by essence or nature and equals such similarity with the equality of the nature, which also presupposes the unity of essence and allows one to avoid modalism. The similarity of Father and Son in some other aspects (properties, powers, actions, glory) is always considered by St. Hilary as insuffi cient and secondary in relation to the similarity or equality by nature. Thus, trying to forge a link between Western Niceans and Homoeousians, St. Hilary suggested that the Homoeousian terminology should be used along with the Homousian or as its complement, particularly by introducing the concept of “dissimilar similarity” of Father and Son by essence, which is identical with their homoiousia. Completely diff erent position as to the attitude to homoeousia was taken by Marius Victorinus. The article looks at the question of the degree of familiarity of Victorinus with theology of Homoeousians as well as at the circumstances around writing the fi rst book of his treatise Contra Arium. It is shown that Victorinus uses Aristotle’s logic and proves that the concept of similarity by essence is logicaly contradictory, as with its help it is impossible to express the idea of perfect equality of Father and Son, nor it is possible to substantiate the dissimilarity of Son and created beings. The articles makes the point that the conciliatory stand as to Homoeousians taken by St. Hilary was not accepted by the church, whereas the position of Marius Victorinus, which coincided with that of St. Athanasius the Great, came to be dominant.
Christianity, theology, Arian controversy, triadology, essence, property, unity, identity, similarity, Hilary of Poitiers, Maius Victorinus
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  3. Beckwith C. (2008) Hilary of Poitiers on the Trinity. From De Fide to De Trinitate. Oxford; New York.
  4. Bolotov V. (1994) Lektsii po istorii Drevnei Tserkvi [Lectures on History of the Ancient Church], vols 1–4. Moscow (in Russian).
  5. Fokin A. (2007) Khristianskii platonizm Mariia Viktorina [Christian Platonism of Marius Victorinus]. Moscow (in Russian).
  6. Fokin A. (2009) “Ilarii Piktaviiskii” [Hilary of Poitiers], in Pravoslavnaia entsiklopediia [Orthodox Encyclopaedia], vol. 22. Moscow, рp. 77–103 (in Russian).
  7. Fokin A. (2014) Formirovanie trinitarnoi doktriny v latinskoi patristike [Development of Trinitary Doctrine in Latin Patristics]. Moscow (in Russian).
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Fokin Alexey
Academic Degree: Doctor of Sciences* in Philosophy;
Place of work: Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences; Goncharnaya Str. 12/1, Moscow 109240, Russian Federation;
Post: Leading Research Fellow;
ORCID: 0000-0002-2554-005X;
Email: al-fokin@yandex.ru. *According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.